Voting starts on Tuesday for the annual contest to name the 10 best beaches in New Jersey.


People can cast ballots for their favorite stretch of the Jersey shore at the web site . Winners will be announced just before Memorial Day weekend.

The contest is run by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium as a way of making people feel more connected to, and protective of, the state's 127-mile coastline.

The three beachfront municipalities comprising The Wildwoods are the reigning champions in the competition, having won in three of the past four years.

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